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Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury$
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John F. Miller and Jenny Strauss Clay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777342.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury
Author(s):
Jenny Strauss Clay, John F. Miller
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777342.003.0001

This chapter positions the book within the larger discussion of Hermes and Mercury in previous scholarship, and surveys the contributions in the volume against the background of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. The volume brings together a wide range of disciplines, including Greek and Roman literature, epigraphy, cult and religion, vase painting and sculpture. The book tracks Hermes from the naughty babe in his cradle to awesome kosmokrator, from shadowy Cyllene to Hellenized Egypt and Augustan Rome, and traces continuities that cross generic and temporal boundaries, but also transformations of the wayward god, who easily adjusts to new settings and morphs into Mercury and Thoth.

Keywords:   Hermes, Mercury, Homeric Hymn, thief, child

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